|November 16, 2010||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MAY||BSUWBB|
|FG Percentage||.491 (27-55)||.391 (25-64)|
|3P FG Percentage||.400 (8-20)||.280 (7-25)|
|FT Percentage||.560 (14-25)||.789 (30-38)|
Jackson - 7
Althoff - 1
BEMIDJI, MINN. - Newcomers Ellie Wessling (Fr., G/F, Winsted, Minn.) and Melissa Borstner (Fr., G, East Bethel, Minn.) guided the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team past Mayville State University in BSU’s regular-season opener on Tuesday at BSU Gymnasium. Wessling paced the Beavers with 16 points and Borstner added 15 points, five rebounds and four assists in what was both players’ regular-season debut. With the victory, BSU improves to 1-0 on the season. The Comets fall to 0-4 on the year.
Down 39-37 at half, the Beavers shot 48.3 percent from the field in the second half and scored 50 second-half points after only shooting 31.4 percent in the first half to get past their foes from Mayville, N.D. Wessling tallied 11 of her 16 points in the second half while Borstner accounted for 11 of her 15 overall points in the second period.
Along with the play of the newcomers, Samantha Baldwin (Jr., G, St. Thomas, N.D.) tallied 12 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals. Baldwin was also crucial from the charity stripe as she connected on all eight of her attempts. The Beavers narrowly outrebounded Mayville State, 39-38. Baldwin’s eight boards paced BSU. Preseason NSIC Player to Watch Jessie Althoff (So., F/C, Becker, Minn.) added six boards to go with her eight points on the night. Shannon Thompson (So., G, Rosemount, Minn.) dished out seven assists and added nine points.
The Comets were led by the sharp shooting of freshman guard Hailey Longtin. The Mayville State gunner connected on seven-of-11 shots from beyond the arc as she finished with a game-high 26 points. Longtin hit five threes in the first half as she finished with 17 first-half points. Junior College transfer Eli Cosme-Gonzalez, who tallied a Mayville State school record 39 a game prior, finished with 16 points on six-of-10 shooting from the field. Kira DeMorales ended the game with 10 points and seven rebounds inside for the Comets.
Mayville State got up early on the Beavers in the opening period but BSU came out of the under 10 media timeout and got three crucial threes, two from Sydney Epema (Jr., G, Crookston, Minn.) and one from Morgan Lee (Fr., G, Hayward, Wis.) to help BSU go on a 13-3 run from the 9:55 mark to the 5:52 mark. Unfortunately the Comets were able to stay with BSU for the remaining minutes of the first half and went into the locker room with the lead.
Longtin’s 17 for Mayville State led all scorers in the first half. BSU was led by Baldwin and Epema who tallied six apiece. Mayville State shot 44.8 percent from the field compared to BSU’s 31.4 percent. The Comets were 5-of-11 from beyond the arc in the first half for 45.5 percent with all five makes coming from the hand of Longtin.
Tuesday’s win marks the second season in a row that BSU has opened the year with a victory over Mayville State. The Beavers defeated the Comets 82-60 in Mayville, N.D. for their regular-season opener last year.
Along with Wessling and Borstner, fellow freshman Lee added six points and Kate Warmack (Fr., C, East Grand Forks, Minn.) added one rebound in thier debuts for the green and white.
BSU will continue a busy opening week on the hard court on Friday and Saturday as they head to the Maverick Classic in Mankato, Minn. for games against California University (Pa.) and Grand View College.